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Tanzer's International Wine Celler Reviews 2012 Spring Release

 

91 Points | 2010 Benovia Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

"Bright ruby-red. Sexy, smoke-accented aromas of black raspberry, cherry and potpourri, with notes of star anise and sassafras adding complexity. Juicy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors show very good energy and alluring sweetness, with zesty acidity adding lift. Finishes seamless and long, with very good clarity and lingering spiciness."

90(+?) Points | 2010 Benovia Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

"Deep ruby. Aromas of dark berries and cherry compote are brightened by sexy floral and Indian spice nuances. Fleshy and broad, with good depth to its black raspberry and cola flavors. A peppery note comes up with air and adds bite to a long, spicy and refreshingly bitter finish. I find this wine a bit more strict than the RRV bottling today."

90 Points | 2010 Benovia Russian River Valley Chardonnay

"Light yellow-gold. Pungent, expressive aromas of Meyer lemon, pear, fig and vanilla, with a gingery accent adding vivacity. Sappy, penetrating citrus and floral flavors are given a refreshingly bitter edge by notes of pear skin and peach pit, with a late note of white pepper adding bite. A smoky nuance comes up on the finish, which shows very good clarity and length."

 

- Josh Raynolds, Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Celler • May 2012

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